Johnny Depp recently joked about killing US President Donald Trump during an appearance at Glastonbury Festival. With his remarks, he received internet backlash and thereby issued an apology for his assassination joke.
The Hollywood actor was gladly welcomed during the event at Cineramageddon, a drive-in cinema on the Somerset site. He, along with director Julian Temple, promoted his 2004 film The Libertine but started talking about the American president. He asked the audience, “Can we bring Trump here?”
Johnny Depp Jokes About Wanting Donald Trump Dead!
The actor’s remark was met with booing from the crowd, and then he continued, “You misunderstand completely.” He went on to explain, “I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go. It is just a question – I’m not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it.”
Johnny Depp queried, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? I want to qualify. I’m not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it’s been awhile, and maybe it’s time.” He apparently referred his question to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth in 1865.
The White House previously condemned Depp’s rants. A statement read, “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official.”
The Secret Service also confirmed that it was aware of Depp’s comments. Threatening the president is a crime under the law. In a statement, they noted: “For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities.”
Depp Issues Apology for His Donald Trump Assassination Joke
Meanwhile, Johnny Depp issued an apology for his controversial comment about America’s commander-in-chief. In a statement, he said: “I apologize for the bad joke. I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean star was not the first actor who created jest about Trump. Last month, Kathy Griffin posed for a photo shoot in which she held a bloody prop head that looked like the president. The comedian also apologized and was dropped from her co-hosting gig at CNN’s New Year’s Eve show.
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